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African pensions and infrastructure investment – recent research

African pension fund regulators and PPP practitioners have much to learn from Latin American examples on how to let local funds invest into infrastructure, while building the capital markets, plus round-up of some recent research papers.

Opinion: Steps for regional integration of capital markets

Can regional integration work for Africa’s capital markets and securities exchanges?

First graduate course for capital markets professionals

Capital markets practitioners across Africa benefit from a graduate-level programme launched 3 May by the IFC, Milken Institute and George Washington University.

Africa should be in your 2015 portfolio, including gold

Africa is currently the second most-attractive investment behind the U.S. Seven countries – Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Chad, Mozambique, South Sudan and Sierra Leone – have forecast growth rates over 7% a year for 2014-2016.

JSE and ASEA host African exchanges for capacity-building

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA), supported by the World Bank Group, are hosting the third Building African Financial Markets seminar this week, bringing together stock exchanges, regulators, stockbrokers and others from across Africa.

JSE seminar on African capital markets development

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange will host the 3rd Building African Financial Markets capacity-building seminar, in Johannesburg from 10-12 September.

Visa helps towards remittance target cost of 5%

On average Africans paying up to 12.4% ($25) to send $200 home, twice the global average. The fees cost Africans an estimated $1.8 billion a year, according to UK thinktank Overseas Development Institute.

More weather index insurance for African smallholder farmers

IFC signed 2 grant agreements with MicroEnsure Ltd for index-based weather insurance to help small-scale farmers in Rwanda and Zambia manage drought and too much rain.

IFC to issue $50m (NGN8 billion) Naija bond in Nigeria

The International Finance Corporation plans to issue a $50 million (NGN 8 billion) local-currency “Naija” bond in Nigeria to support the domestic capital markets and increase access to local-currency finance. IFC bonds are rated triple-A by Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s.

Improving business climate is key challenge – Africa improves

The business environment is rising higher on the agenda of African governments and more progress is being made, but there are still major issues. Doing Business 2193 report by the IFC and the World Bank and the Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance, both published in October, highlight which economies and governments are improving fastest.